invading it as they have is a serious violation of international law. but they have the black sea fleet there, many people in crimea regard themselves as russians. had putin just hung on, waitesed for the elections, which might elect a pro-russia candidate, and in any event, whoever wins would have to deal with russia, you know, i think he could have come off looking pretty -- like, you know, a rational figure. instead he's acting like a bully, he's come in strong, he's alienated not only the west which wants to deal with him but also a lot of pro-russia ukrainians as well. i think it's been a serious strategic miscalculation. >> so, fred, we only have about a minute left. you talk about the idea of ignoring vladimir putin. what do you mean by that? >> initially, to solve this crisis he has to be involved. this has to be a joint russian solution. as secretary kerry has said, ukraine/russia relations go back, you know, a thousand years or so. they have to be involved in it.